- Nov 19, 2012
To be fair, I noticed this. Many fans were quick to assume that Lopata was laying into the keeper but he actually aimed most of his aggression at Ralph. Therefore, what your suggesting makes sense.I have just watched it again and have another possible take on it. On Saturday I couldn’t understand why Lopata was having a go at Captain Terrible Ralph, but it appears that Ralph seems to telling Lopata to leave it to Blondy. Just watch as Ralph sticks out his arm.
As the captain with experience on his side, Ralph should have read the situation and shouted for Lopata to just boot it out into row z, especially knowing that the keeper is new into the side.
Lots of us talk about Lopata's maturity and leadership qualities for a young player, but I think he showed his inexperience on this occasion. He should have thought, I don't know what the keeper is going to do here so I'm taking ownership and I'm going to get rid of it. He can't be blamed for this however, because he is still very young and is learning his trade, just like the goalkeeper is. That's why I stated on another post that you'd hope both players take equal blame and move on.